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11-Day Classic Madagascar Tour Package / Itinerary

Duration

11

Max people

15

Min Age

2

Pick Up

Air port

Overview

Get on an 11-Day Classic Madagascar Tour Package with Exodus Safaris and prepare for an unforgettable journey through the diverse landscapes and unique wildlife of this extraordinary island nation. Your Classic Madagascar Tour Package adventure begins in Andasibe-Mantadia, a pristine rainforest sanctuary teeming with biodiversity and natural wonders. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the lush greenery of the forest and encounter some of Madagascar’s most iconic inhabitants, including the enchanting indri lemurs whose haunting calls echo through the canopy.

As you explore the verdant trails of Andasibe-Mantadia, keep your eyes peeled for a myriad of other fascinating species, from colorful chameleons and vibrant birdlife to elusive fossas and playful ring-tailed lemurs. Each day brings new discoveries and unforgettable encounters as you delve deeper into this remarkable ecosystem under the guidance of our expert local guides.

Next, journey to the banks of the Mandrare River, where the rhythm of life flows with the gentle current of the water. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to witness traditional Malagasy culture firsthand, as you interact with local communities and learn about their customs, traditions, and way of life. Whether you’re participating in a traditional dance ceremony, sharing stories around the campfire, or simply enjoying the warm hospitality of your hosts, the experience is sure to leave a lasting impression.

But the Classic Madagascar Tour Package adventure doesn’t end there. Continue your journey to the coastal paradise of Manafiafy, where crystal-clear waters lap against pristine beaches fringed by lush mangroves. Dive beneath the surface and discover a world teeming with marine life, from colorful coral reefs and tropical fish to graceful sea turtles and majestic humpback whales (during the breeding season).

With Exodus Safaris, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re seeking thrilling wildlife encounters, cultural immersions, or simply relaxation in breathtaking natural landscapes, our customizable Madagascar tour ensures that your journey is tailored to your individual interests and preferences. Join us as we guide you through the wonders of Andasibe-Mantadia, Mandrare River, Manafiafy, and beyond, on an Classic Madagascar Tour Package adventure that promises to captivate your senses and inspire your spirit.

Itinerary Features

  • Mid-range tour: This mid-range tour uses lodges and tented camps.
  • Private tour: This tour will be organized exclusively for you. However, wildlife viewing activities are run by the lodges/camps and will be shared with others.
  • Can start any day: If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
  • Can be customized: You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.
  • Suitable for solo travelers: Solo travelers can book this private tour.
  • Minimum age of 1 year: The minimum age for this tour is 1 year.

Activities & Transportation

  • Activities: nature hikes/walks, boat trip & beach time
  • Getting around: normal 4x4 vehicle & air transfer
  • A transfer from and back to the airport is included

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals as Listed
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Drinks

Tour Plan

Day 01 Arrival in Antananarivo

Upon arrival at Ivato Airport, you will be greeted by an English-speaking private guide who will escort you to your hotel located in the upper region of Antananarivo.

Known affectionately as 'Tana' by locals, this area boasts a unique Indonesian aesthetic and captivating traditional architecture, distinguishing it from other regions of Madagascar.

Day 02 Transfer to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

After enjoying breakfast, embark on a journey eastward to Andasibe, a stunning rainforest park located approximately four hours from the city. Comprising two protected areas—the Perinet Special Reserve and the Mantadia National Park—this park is globally renowned for its Indri lemurs, the largest species of living lemurs.

The picturesque route to Andasibe provides glimpses of Madagascar's rural life, showcasing lush rice fields, charming redbrick houses, and roadside stalls offering delectable seasonal fruits and vegetables.

In the afternoon, explore Lemur Island, a private reserve at Vakona Lodge that harbors several habituated lemur species. Here, you can observe four distinct species, including the bamboo lemur, the black & white ruffed lemur, the brown lemur, and the diademed sifaka.

Main Destination: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Best Time To Visit: August to November (Less rainfall)
High Season: July to August and December (The park is busy)
Best Weather: April, May, October and November
Accommodation: Mantadia Lodge
  • Mid-range lodge located outside Andasibe-Mantadia NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included
Day 03 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park


Following your morning meal, embark on the journey to Mantadia National Park, located 1.5 hours away, equipped with a packed lunch. Here, you'll have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of various lemur species inhabiting this picturesque preserve, including the indri, diademed sifaka, grey bamboo lemur, red-bellied lemur, and white ruffed lemur.

Although the trails may pose some challenges, the experience is rewarding as the woodlands boast towering trees, dense foliage, and a tranquil atmosphere away from the crowds often found in Perinet. Mantadia also offers excellent birdwatching opportunities, with species such as the scaly ground roller, pitta-like ground roller, and breasted coua waiting to be discovered.

To fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Mantadia, dedicate a full day to explore the park, ideal for nature enthusiasts keen on studying its diverse flora and fauna, including rare animal species, reptiles, insects, and birds.

Conclude your day with a picnic near the Rianasoa Waterfall before returning to your car and later, the lodge. As twilight descends, consider joining your local guide for another nocturnal trek to further explore the park's nocturnal wonders.

Day 04 Andasibe (Perinet Reserve) to Antananarivo

Rise early and fuel up with breakfast before embarking on a guided tour of Perinet Reserve, an expansive 810-hectare world heritage site renowned for its rare Indri lemur. This remarkable creature boasts a teddy-bear face, distinctive black and white markings, and an almost imperceptible tail.

The Indri is among the few creatures unable to thrive in captivity. As you traverse the rainforest, anticipate encounters with eleven lemur species, including the grey bamboo lemur, common brown lemur, diademed sifaka, and the Black and White Ruffed lemur.

Bird enthusiasts can keep an eye out for the velvet asity, blue coua, and Nuthatch vanga, among numerous endemic bird species. Additionally, Perinet Reserve is home to reptiles, invertebrates, and an estimated thousand orchid species.

After a satisfying lunch, return to Tana and proceed to your hotel to continue your journey.

Main Destination: Antananarivo (City)
Accommodation: Le Pavillon De L'Emyrne
  • Mid-range hotel located in or near Antananarivo
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included
Day 05 Air Transfer to Fort Dauphin

We will head to Ivato Airport for a short flight to Fort Dauphin. Upon arrival, a guide and vehicle from Mandrare River Camp will be awaiting us to escort us to one of the city's finest restaurants.

After indulging in a meal, we'll embark on a scenic four-hour drive to Mandrare River Camp, where we'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Mandrare River. As night falls, we'll embark on a captivating night walk in the Forest of Zenavo. This presents a perfect opportunity to observe a variety of lemurs, including diurnal and nocturnal species, sifakas, white-foot sportive lemurs, mouse lemurs, along with an array of birds, chameleons, owls, and more!

Day 06-07 Mandrare River Camp

After your morning meal, prepare for an exploration of the remarkable sacred gallery forest located south of the camp. Depending on the water level of the Mandrare River, you may either take a serene stroll or opt for a boat ride to reach the forest. Keep an eye out for playful ring-tailed lemurs and captivating Verreaux sifaka as you venture into this rich woodland, abundant with deciduous trees. Return to the camp for lunch and unwind with a leisurely afternoon by the pool.

Later, set out on foot to uncover the secrets of the sacred spiny forest—an area adorned with ancient tombs of the Antandroy tribe and teeming with unique wildlife and plants exclusive to this region. Accompanied by a private guide and tracker from the community, gain insight into the tribe's culture and traditions.

As evening descends, savour sunset views over the banks of the Mandrare River while enjoying refreshing drinks.

Day 08 Transfer to Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Following breakfast, return to Fort Dauphin and relish a delightful lunch at one of the local restaurants. Once your meal concludes, prepare for a 2.5-hour journey to Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, also known as Sainte Luce.

This idyllic destination is famed for its picturesque sandy bay ensconced within a lush forest and thriving mangroves. Upon arrival, settle into your luxurious bungalow before embarking on a 4:30 pm night walk through the Coastal Rainforest.

During your expedition, keep a keen eye out for the diverse array of species inhabiting the area, including lemurs, over 80 different bird species (with nearly half being endemic), geckos, chameleons, and other reptiles.

As you traverse through the landscape, you may encounter nocturnal lemurs gracefully navigating through the trees, Madagascar scops owls, satanic leaf-tailed geckos, and various other creatures blending seamlessly into their natural surroundings.

Main Destination: Fort Dauphin (Town)
Accommodation: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
  • Luxury lodge (with rustic facilities) located just outside Sainte Luce Reserve
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included
Day 09 Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Prepare for a delightful start to your day with a scrumptious continental breakfast brimming with fresh fruit, chocolate croissants, bread, cereals, and more. Following your meal, immerse yourself in an enriching cultural experience at the Stitch Project and local woodworking shop, where you can delve into the traditions of the Antanosy community and their intricate embroidery skills.

Witness firsthand as women craft exquisite purses, belts, and other items using traditional Malagasy techniques. After indulging in a delectable 3-course lunch and some leisurely moments of relaxation, it's time to explore the natural wonders of the mangrove network.

Stretching 40km from Manafiafy to Fort Dauphin, this sprawling network provides an ideal setting for birdwatching, photography, and exploration, catering to botanists, landscape photographers, and thrill-seekers alike. Against the backdrop of the Anosy Mountain Range, keep your eyes peeled for endemic bird species such as the Madagascar malachite kingfisher, Madagascar pygmy kingfisher, Madagascar harrier hawk, Madagascar crested ibis, and blue coua.

Day 10 Transfer to Antananarivo

Begin your day with a fulfilling breakfast before embarking on a morning journey to Fort Dauphin, which takes approximately 2.5 hours. Upon reaching the airport, board an Air Madagascar plane for your return flight to Antananarivo.

Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by your personal guide who will transport you to your accommodation near the airport.

Day 11 End of Tour

Today marks the end of your Classic Madagascar Tour, bringing a mix of emotions. Following breakfast, your personal guide will pick you up from your accommodation at Relais Des Plateaux. Together, you'll travel to Ivato Airport, where you'll board your international flight back home.

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    Jackson Lopez

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    Classic Madagascar Exploration

    Our classic exploration of Madagascar was a blend of adventure and cultural discovery. The 11 day itinerary allowed us to experience the island’s rich biodiversity and unique landscapes. The accommodations and travel arrangements were superb.

    January 30, 2024

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    Emily Moore

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    Madagascar's Adventure Awaits

    The adventure that awaited us in Madagascar on this 11 day tour was beyond our expectations. The diversity of the landscapes and wildlife was astounding. The tour was well paced, and the accommodations were inviting.

    January 30, 2024

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    William Baker

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    Exploring Madagascar's Essence

    Exploring the essence of Madagascar in 11 days was a remarkable experience. The tour was well organized, and the guides were excellent, providing deep insights into the island’s culture and biodiversity.

    January 30, 2024

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    Charlotte Green

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    Madagascar's Memorable Trip

    Our memorable trip through Madagascar on this 11 day tour was a fantastic experience. The itinerary was diverse and engaging, with each day bringing new adventures. The accommodations were cozy and complemented the natural surroundings.

    January 30, 2024

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    Alexander Thomas

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    Madagascar's Spectacular Tour

    This spectacular tour of Madagascar covered the island’s most iconic sights. The 11 day journey was filled with scenic beauty and wildlife encounters. The tour operators provided excellent service, making our trip memorable.

    January 30, 2024

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    Mia White

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    Madagascar's Unmatched Beauty

    The unmatched beauty of Madagascar was evident throughout this 11 day tour. The well planned itinerary allowed us to see the best of Madagascar, including its unique flora and fauna. The accommodations provided a comfortable base for our daily adventures.

    January 30, 2024

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    Ethan Martinez

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    Enthralling Madagascar Journey

    Our enthralling journey through Madagascar was beautifully crafted in this 11 day itinerary. The variety of experiences, from exploring national parks to cultural interactions, was impressive. The tour was organized seamlessly, with excellent accommodations.

    January 30, 2024

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    Isabella Jones

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    Madagascar's Classic Highlights

    Experiencing Madagascar’s classic highlights in 11 days was a perfect introduction to the island. The tour covered significant landmarks and natural wonders. The guides were knowledgeable, making each day informative and enjoyable.

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    Noah Garcia

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    Madagascar's Captivating Tour

    The captivating beauty of Madagascar was showcased in this 11 day tour. Each destination offered a unique and unforgettable experience, from lush rainforests to unique wildlife. The tour was thoughtfully curated and executed.

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    Ava Martin

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    Madagascar's Diverse Exploration

    Exploring Madagascar’s diversity was a delight on this 11 day tour. The itinerary took us through stunning landscapes, unique wildlife habitats, and cultural sites. The tour was well structured, and the accommodations were excellent.

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